When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college — that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”
Touch me without using your hands.
Every Subtle Gesture, Basim Magdy
Part of a large collection of photographs that Magdy has been developing for several years, is Every Subtle Gesture, 2012. The images appear to be a form of documentation or a specialized archive, but in fact they are all disparate snapshots of some kind of fragment, and that seems to be the only strand binding them together. The phrase accompanying each snapshot encapsulates it as a surreal moment or part of an imaginary tale. The series as a whole follows no discernable narrative or plot, but the little clues Magdy offers beckon the viewer to turn this ambiguity into a magical story of their own.
- Mai Abu ElDahab
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Dadu Shin moved to New York where he now works as a freelance illustrator. I Don’t Like Clothes is the result of Shin’s resistance against an experimental dry spell he experienced after graduating from RISD.
The Parisianer, Emiliano Ponzi
Based in Milan, Italy, Emiliano Ponzi was commissioned to create a “cover page” for The Parisianer, a French online art publication inspired by The New Yorker that now holds exhibitions showing the work of all its artists.
Anna Pan is an animation student at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. The blend of daily life with surrealism creates contemplative, enigmatic pieces that easily draw the eye.
A lot of the time I find myself drawing or reusing a lot of my older characters — especially the ones from a couple of years ago, where their stories are so convoluted and have been changed so many times I can’t really remember what happen[s] to them anymore. They still stay in the back of my mind, and I use a lot of them as guinea pigs or vessels for my own emotions and experiences. I think I’ve been through so much with them that I’m too fond of them to let them go…
Interview with Anna Pan